|Wed 30 Mar 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm|
|Fri 1 Apr 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm|
|Sat 2 Apr 2016, 10:00am–4:30pm|
|Sun 3 Apr 2016, 10:00am–4:30pm|
|Mon 4 Apr 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm|
The second instalment of our WWI exhibition brings together the stories of men and women from around Nelson who were directly involved or affected by the Gallipoli campaign in 1915.
When New Zealand responded to the call for troops to fight alongside those from other Dominions of Great Britain in a war in Europe in August of 1914, the men and their families left behind thought it was nothing more than a grand adventure to experience the world.
When the Main Expeditionary Force left New Zealand in October 1914 they headed for Egypt. Here the men entered training camps and were quickly toughened by hot desert drills and tough discipline.
After this, New Zealand troops expected to head for Europe but suddenly found themselves preparing to invade Turkey in aid of Britain’s campaign to capture control of the Dardanelles. Perhaps excited and apprehensive the New Zealand troops advanced towards the peninsula to land on the beaches of Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.
Our exhibition tells the stories of the men and women who experienced the “end of innocence” firsthand from this major event in 1915.
Open from 7am Anzac Day.
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